Global Engagement Committee (GEC)

Welcome to the Global Engagement Committee

Welcome from the Chair of the INS Global Engagement Committee (GEC), Natalia Ojeda del Pozo, PhD.

As GEC Chair I would like to welcome you to the web pages of the INS Global Engagement Committee, formerly the International Liaison Committee (ILC). Here we introduce you to the members of the GEC, including the worldwide regional representatives, and will tell you about our work.

The Mission of the GEC

The mission of the INS Global Engagement Committee (GEC) is to support the development of neuropsychology throughout the world. Our particular focus is on regions of the world where neuropsychology is less well developed, including low-income and middle-income countries. Our programs include: the Charles Matthews International Neuropsychological Development Fund which sponsors speakers, meetings, and webinars in countries where neuropsychology is less well developed; a Research and Editing Consultant Program wherein INS members volunteer to work with colleagues aiming to develop research and publish in English language journals; an International Resources section which will provide information and links to freely available resources that may be useful to colleagues around the world; and a Book and Journal Depository which supports the provision of donated books and journals. Until 2016 we produced a biannual newsletter (INSNET). Now, we contribute to the INS Newsletter.

We give special thanks to Jon Evans (former Chair) and Alberto Fernandez (Deputy Chair) for their wonderful effort in developing the ILC/GEC over the years. We would not have this committee without their dedication.

GEC Members

Committee Members

GEC Chairs

GEC Subcommittee Chairs

Regional Representatives

Africa

Asia

Australasia

Central America

Eastern Europe

Middle East

 
 

Nordic Countries

North America

South America

Southern Europe

Western Europe

Charles G. Matthews International Neuropsychological Development Fund

Chuck Matthews, the 1992 President of INS, was a strong advocate for making INS instrumental in developing neuropsychology throughout the world, especially in low-resource countries. As a result of this passion, the INS instituted the Charles G. Matthews International Neuropsychological Development Fund in his name in 2003. The purpose of this fund is to support Educational and Training activities such as workshops, meetings and webinars in countries where neuropsychology is less well developed/resourced. Funds can be used to sponsor travel expenses for speakers, other meeting expenses or costs associated with running webinars, videoconferences etc.

In 2022, The Charles Matthews International Neuropsychological Development Fund received a donation to expand the actions being covered. The GEC identified the need to support the development of Research and Clinical programs in countries where neuropsychology is less well developed. Therefore, INS now has two additional funds as an extension of the traditional Educational and Training format:

  • Clinical for actions related to design of a clinical protocol to evaluate/diagnose, the design of an intervention tool to help patients with neuropsychological deficits, the translation/adaptation of materials not available into the local language, etc.
  • Research for actions related to research design, statistical software acquisition, statistical analysis cost, acquisition of tests materials according to the study protocol, abstract submissions to scientific meetings, dissemination of results in scientific journals, etc.

New application requests will be available in the spring of 2024.

Clinical Proposal

Education Proposal

Research Proposal

GENERAL

Q. The program will take place in the country where neuropsychology is not as well developed as in the US, but the country is in the UPPER-MIDDLE income according to World Bank/UN classification. Would we still be eligible?

A. We don’t exclude applications from any income level but just prioritize low/middle income so being upper-middle is not an exclusion.

Q. The funds of this grant will cover ONLY PART of the expenses associated with this project. The rest of the expenses will hopefully be covered by other grants. Is that okay?

A. This is fine; however, the application will need to state how the team plans to cover the rest of the funds. In addition to naming the source of additional funding in the application, the team will – if successful in their Matthews Fund application – need to provide confirmation that all required funds were in place before the Matthews funding would be released.

Q. Is there a template for writing a Matthews Fund proposal?

A. There is no template. Please refer to the webpage for the particular funding stream of interest, i.e., Education and Training, Research or Clinical, for details of the sections to be included.

Q. We are one paragraph over the 4-page limit, due to the reference list. Will that be acceptable, or should we cut down?

A. Please keep to the application guidelines.

Q. Can someone on the Global Engagement Committee review our proposal after it is written but before we submit it?

A. No, unfortunately that would introduce a conflict of interest at the time of formal review. INS does have a Research and Editing Consultation Program (see https://the-ins.org/global-engagement/#consultant-program); however, it is up to that team to determine if this would fall under the remit of that program.

Q. How much does it cost to become an INS member?

A. Details of how to join INS may be found at https://the-ins.org/join-ins/benefits-of-membership/ There are various levels of membership based on career stage and geographic location.

Q. If me or my team/group already received a Charles Matthews Fund, can we apply for another fund in the future?

A. Yes and no. If you already received an Education and Training grant, you cannot re-apply for the same mechanism. If you would like to apply to a different mechanism and the actions for the proposal are well justified or are a continuation of a proposal previously funded (e.g., based on findings from a Charles Matthews Fund Research proposal you would like to apply for Clinical funds to implement results in a clinical practice setting) you are welcome to apply again.

Q. Can a team or the same INS member simultaneously submit more than one proposal?

A. Yes, if the proposals are for different mechanisms (e.g., one proposal for the Educational and Training program and the other one for the Research program).

EDUCATION AND TRAINING

Q. I am an INS member and the PI for the application, but do all workshop participants have to be INS members?

A. While all workshop participants do not have to be INS members, the Committee always like to see some INS representation beyond that of the PI of the application; however, it is not required.

Q. I am applying for the Education and Training grant; can you suggest INS members that might be interested in participating as invited speakers and/or lead pre/post conference workshops?

A. The INS website has many places to look for INS members with particular expertise. These include the list of representatives of the Global Engagement Committee https://the-ins.org/global-engagement/#gec-members, INS Governance pages https://the-ins.org/about-ins/governance/, and the Special Interest Groups list https://the-ins.org/sigs/ are all excellent places to start.

RESEARCH

Q. I am an INS member and the PI for the application, but do all study collaborators have to be INS members?

A. While all study collaborators do not have to be INS members, the Committee always like to see some INS representation on the team beyond that of the PI of the application; however, it is not required.

Q. The research group is a combination of neuropsychologists from US and non-US countries; is that okay?

A. This is fine as long as the clear focus of the program is within a country where neuropsychology is less well developed.

Q. Although my application is for the Research and not the Education and Training grant, it still has implications for postgraduate teaching and development of specific research methods. Is that okay?

A. Yes. As long as the primary focus is research, and the funds are primarily used to advance a scientific question including methods development.

Q. We have already conducted our experiments and written our manuscripts; however, we require assistance with publication fees. Is this something that the Research Fund could assist with?

A. Unfortunately, this is not under the remit of the mechanisms as written.

New Awards Awarded

2023 Matthews Funding

The Educational Training Awardee

  • Name of Awardee: Rachel Maina 
  • Awardee’s Institution/Organization: Brain and Mind Institute, Aga Khan University 
  • Country of Awardee: Kenya 
  • Title of Project: Neuropsychology and Brain Health in Nairobi Kenya

 

Abstract: The Neuropsychology Workshop seeks to advance the field of neuropsychology and promote brain health in low and middle income countries. By facilitating knowledge exchange, addressing challenges, and empowering professionals, the workshop aims to foster the development and utilisation of contextually appropriate tools and approaches for assessing and diagnosing neurocognitive impairments. Through critical evaluation of existing tools, collaborative networking, and mentorship opportunities, participants will gain a comprehensive understanding of key areas within the field, leading to advancements in effective and culturally responsive practices. The workshop serves as a platform for sharing best practices, exploring cutting-edge research, and establishing professional connections, ultimately empowering professionals and driving improvements in brain health outcomes. We intend to invite expert speakers in the field of neuropsychology that can address the importance of African-specific (i.e., indigenous and contextualised) and global (ie., internationally harmonised) perspectives. In order to be relevant in the African context, neuropsychological data will need to reflect functional capacities that are valued and adaptive in African settings. However, in order to study the international impacts of climate change, pandemics, and socioeconomic disparities, measurement tools will need to be harmonised across international sites. This challenge and various ways it might be addressed, will be a primary focus of the workshop.

The Educational Training Awardee

  • Name of awardee: Maria Melinda Tan, MA, RPsy
  • Awardee’s institution/organization: University of the Philippines
  • Country of awardee: Philippines
  • Title of project: Post Graduate Continuing Education in Clinical Neuropsychology 

 

Abstract: The practice of clinical neuropsychology in the Philippines is currently lagging behind other developed countries despite the rapidly expanding need for these services across the nation. Early foundations were laid in the mid -1970s through the training of a few Filipino neurologists in the use of neuropsychological test batteries; however, over the decades, the growth of clinical neuropsychology in the Philippines was limited by the lack of systematic educational programs, standardized training, or formal credentialing procedures. Hence, despite early foundations being laid many decades ago, there are no universities or hospitals as yet offering formal training in clinical neuropsychology.  In response to this need, five Filipino psychologists from different universities formed the Philippine Society for Clinical Neuropsychology whose mission is to advance clinical neuropsychology in the Philippines as a science and a profession in order to help Filipinos achieve optimal neuropsychological health and quality of life. These psychologists have been exposed to or trained in the clinical applications of neuropsychology theory using the observership/apprenticeship model under the supervision of a clinical neuropsychologist, and have worked in multidisciplinary settings with medical and allied health professionals. However, the limitation of the observership/apprenticeship model is that it mainly emphasizes the practice component. There is still a need to address the gaps in the didactics/knowledge component that is part of the competency requirements for advanced training in clinical neuropsychology. Thus, the main objectives of the Post Graduate Continuing Education in Clinical Neuropsychology are threefold:  

  1. To narrow the gap in knowledge as preparation for advanced training in clinical neuropsychology. 
  2. To provide the participants with additional knowledge and skills in clinical neuropsychology to improve patient care. 
  3. For participants to acquire educational knowledge in clinical neuropsychology that equips them to teach basic neuropsychology courses in their respective academic institutions and through the Philippine Society for Clinical Neuropsychology, as a crucial first step towards growing the science and profession of clinical neuropsychology in the Philippines. 

 

The Research Funding Awardee

  • Name of awardee: Beatriz Elena Munoz Ospina
  • Awardee’s institution/organization: Universidad Icesi, Cali Colombia
  • Country of awardee: Colombia
  • Title of project: Afrodescendant living with Parkinson’s disease: a sociodemographiccharacterization and factors related to quality of life in the Colombian pacific region

 

Abstract: Parkinson’s disease (PD) is the second most common neurodegenerative disease worldwide with a global prevalence of 315 per 100.000 people. Clinically it is characterized by a broad spectrum of motor and non-motor symptoms that can cause disability and impact quality of life (QOL). PD is a multifactorial disease; evidence suggests that it does not affect all ethnic groups equally. Ethnicity has been described as a predictor of mortality in PD, Afro descendant population has a higher risk of mortality than the white population, this is related to inequities in health access. Also, Afro descendants with PD have been described more frequently associated to cognitive deficit and progression to dementia. For Colombia, DANE reports Afro descendants represents 9.34% of the population, concentrating mainly in the southwestern region. However, there is a lack of ethnic and minorities inclusion in PD trials and not conclusive information regarding this populations. This study aimed to describe sociodemographic characteristics and factors related to QOL of Colombian Afro descendant patients with PD, that attends a high-complexity center in southwestern Colombia. In a preliminary report of the LARGE-PD study, which is carried out by our institution in conjunction with the Cleveland Clinic with a population of 167 patients with PD, 21.5% were Afro descendant, of which, males represented 69.4%, the median age was 68.5 years, the median age at diagnosis was 63, the median time from diagnosis was 4 years, 58.5% presented an early stage of the disease based on Hoehn and Yahr. The median MoCA test score was 21, the median MDS-UPDRS III score was 34, with 47.2% of patients in a tremor-dominant profile. The Afro descendant population continues to be underrepresented in studies conducted on PD, which is a significant limitation. This research will describe ethnic differences in PD patients, with the ultimate goal to have a better approach to the disease and its impact on the QOL.

The Clinical Funding Awardee

  • Name of awardee: Temgoua Michael
  • Awardee’s institution/organization: Institute of Applied Neurosciences and Functional Rehabilitation
  • Country of awardee: Cameroon
  • Title of project: ADDIC PROGRAM (ALZHEIMER DISEASE and DEMENTIA ISSUES in CAMEROON) 

 

Abstract: Lack of data and adequate neuropsychological testing are at the root of the ADDIC program to improve early detection and management of cognitive impairment and dementia in Cameroon. The program will be implemented in all ten regions of Cameroon, with a particular focus on health districts (operational level of health programs in the Cameroonian health system). Thus, each phase of the program will aim to establish an ADDIC team in each region and to initiate outreach, training, screening and patient management activities. The findings made in synergy with the size and costs required by the ADDIC program lead NEUROREHAB to start initially with:

 – Public awareness of warning signs and risk factors 

– Training health professionals in early detection using simple and adapted tools 

These activities will take place within the Nkolndongo Health District. Through the health areas (11) we plan to reach a large number of possible participants. We will be accompanied by a community health worker to engage the public on the awareness campaign. We signed a collaboration document with the head of the Nkoldongo health district for the program. We have also signed a collaboration document with INAREF (Institute of Applied Neurosciences and Functional Rehabilitation) Neurology and Functional Rehabilitation Clinic located in Yaoundé, Cameroon, Nkolndongo Health District, with a Memory Rehabilitation Unit – Cognition and Neuropsychology and a Memory Consultation. 

Upcoming Workshops

Recent Matthews Fund Workshops

Next Step of Neuropsychology: Integration of the Traditional – Based Approach to the Technology-Based Approach (Thai Neuropsychology Society) – August 16th-18th, 2023

The 2nd International Neuropsychology Society Conference was organised by Dr Parisuth Sumransub, President of the newly formed Thai Neuropsychology Society,  and delegates were welcomed to the event by Supavadee Nuanmanee, President of The Thai Clinical Psychologists Association, and Pongakesem Khaimook, M.D., Deputy Permanent Secretary of the Thai Ministry of Public Health.

The conference focused on traditional approaches to neuropsychological assessment and rehabilitation as well as approaches that draw upon use of new technologies for both assessment and rehabilitation, and how to integrate new technologies with traditional approaches to neuropsychological assessment and rehabilitation.

170 participants attended, including clinical psychologists, physicians/psychiatrists, physiotherapists, communication disorder therapists, occupational therapists, music therapists, teachers/instructors, undergraduate and doctoral students.

Speakers and topics at the conference included:

Day 1

Dr Jon Evans (UK), Cognitive theory and traditional assessment and rehabilitation of memory, attention, executive and visuospatial functions

Day 2

Dr Albert Rizzo (USA) Technology based approaches to cognitive assessment

Dr Pongsatron Paholpak (Thailand) Simultaneous Electroencephalography and Neuroimaging for Functional Neurological Assessment

Dr. Ajay Halai (UK) Cognitive theory and traditional assessment and rehabilitation of language

Day 3

Dr Parisuth Sumransub (Thailand) Technology-Based Cognitive Training and Rehabilitation

Dr Rene Stolwyk (Australia) Teleneuropsychology

Dr. Graham Pluck (Thailand) Integration of traditional – Based Approach to Technology -based Approach for Clinical Practices and Future Directions

Feedback from conference delegates indicated that delegates were very satisfied with the quality of presentations and the organisation of the conference. Delegates indicated that the topics were very relevant to their practice and felt that their knowledge of these important areas improved as a result of attending the conference. Delegates noted that they are keen to learn more about these topics through further seminars and workshops in the future.

Dr Sumransub was supported by many colleagues to run the event including Ms.Jittarat Srivilert, Ms.Thayakorn Kittichai, Mr.Isara Durongkadej, Ms.Pathitta Dujada, Mr.Chollathis Kengkarnrob, Mr.Yuthachai Sarutikriangkri, Mr.Suchart Tangnimitchok, Ms.Thidaporn Manmen and Ms.Poonniphat Pantoe

Strengthening Capacity for Neuropsychological Assessment in the Carribbean (WINDREF) — March 3rd-4th, 2022

In March of 2022, the Matthews Fund supported a 2-day virtual/in-person hybrid workshop in Grenada, West Indies. The aim of the workshop was to bring together stakeholders in the English-speaking Caribbean who share an interest in strengthening regional capacity for neuropsychological assessment. Attendees spanned the Caribbean from Trinidad to St. Vincent and Jamaica, as well as Europe, Canada, and North America. There were psychologists, social workers, physicians, educators, and non-profit field experts in attendance. The workshop was organized by Roberta Evans, MS, with assistance from Kemi Burgen, MA, both of whom are early career psychologists in the region. It was co-sponsored by the Windward Islands Research and Education Foundation (WINDREF) and St George’s University.

The event opened with a welcome message and acknowledgement of the unique history and ancestries of the region. Day 1 focused on the development of culturally appropriate assessments and interventions, as well as the appreciation of locally relevant risk factors for adverse neuropsychological outcomes. We compared different methodologies for the development of local reference groups and international normative standards. We learned about pertinent local exposures, such as arboviruses and corporal punishment practices, that need to be considered during assessments. We heard from a UNICEF early childhood development specialist about the importance of advancing equity for Caribbean children through quality assessments. We were introduced to efforts that are underway to develop and validate a Caribbean learning and memory scale. Day 1 included helpful step-by-step tutorials on how to measure early childhood development in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), as well as how to apply a regression-based approach to normative sample development.

Day 2 focused on community-based training models and how to grow regional capacity without compromising local culture and values. We learned about the challenges and perils of translating values implicit to Western, Education, Industrialized, Rich, and Democratic (WEIRD) cultures to local training and practice models. We learned about the importance of establishing and communicating the purpose and results of assessment in collaboration with community stakeholders, with room for transformation, so that neuropsychology can grow indigenously within the region.

Overall, this workshop brought together a unique combination of experts from various backgrounds, disciplines, and regions to make for a lively and engaging exchange. Attendees provided feedback that it was a “seminal” experience for their work in the region. All workshop events, panels, and lectures were recorded and are now available for INS membership so that others who were not able to attend can still benefit from the unique and valuable discussions that occurred. 

Adventist University of the Philippines (AUP) 10th-11th — November 2021

The Charles Matthews Fund call funded in 2021 two international educational actions, one to take place in the Philippines and one in the Caribbean region. The first of this actions, took place in November 10-11, 2021 as a two-day historical webinar called “Basics of Neuropsychology: A Scientist-Practitioner Model Approach”. The webinar was made possible by a partnership with the International Neuropsychological Society and planned by Dr Rhalf Jayson F. Guanco, assistant professor at Adventist University of the Philippines (AUP) and recipient of the Charles G. Matthews International Neuropsychological Development Fund. The fund’s mission is to assist educational and training initiatives such as workshops, symposia, and webinars in countries with less developed/resourced neuropsychology, such as the Philippines. In this occasion, the fund was established to assist the Adventist University of the Philippines in reaching a broader audience in the Philippines and internationally. It has enabled Dr Rhalf Jayson Guanco and his colleagues, Dr Mylene Gumarao (Chairperson of the AUP Graduate Psychology), Dr Myrtle Orbon (Chairperson of the AUP Undergraduate Psychology), and a competent pool of faculty, Dr Sheryll Ann Castillo, Ms. Cutie Canesares, and Ms. Buensafe Sadicon, under the leadership of the dean of the AUP College of Arts and Humanities Dr Eunice Aclan, to envision a more hopeful future for neuropsychology in the Philippines.

Dr Natalia Ojeda del Pozo, chair of the INS Global Engagement Committee, opened the program with a welcome message, as did Dr Miriam Narbarte, Vice President for Academics at the Adventist University of the Philippines (AUP), on Day 1, and Dr Eunice Aclan, college dean at the AUP College of Arts and Humanities on Day 2. This two-day webinar featured sessions led by two national experts: Dr Rhalf Jayson Guanco, a licensed psychologist and psychometrician who serves as the INS Global Engagement Representative for the Philippines, who discussed “Current Challenges in Neuropsychology Practice,” and Ms. Maria Corazon Fernandez, a clinical psychologist at the Asian Hospital and Medical Center, who discussed “Neuropsychological Assessment: Clinical and Theoretical Foundations.” Additionally, two international experts participated: Dr Tracy Vannorsdal, a clinical neuropsychologist and associate professor in the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine’s Departments of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Neurology, presented on the topic “Basics of Neuropsychology: Implications for Clinical Practice and Research,” and Dr Rowena Ng, a pediatric neuropsychologist at the Kennedy Krieger Institute and an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, presented on the topic “Principles of Neuropsychological Assessment in Children and Adolescents”.

A total of 638 attendees (psychologists, psychometricians, graduate psychology students, college students, teachers, and post-doctoral trainees in neuropsychology) attended the event. Additionally, participants represent 263 institutions and organizations throughout the Philippines and 10 overseas. The evaluation of the program revealed an overall mean rating of 4.9 out of 5, interpreted as extremely satisfied with the event’s overall impact. A notable outcome of the two-day webinar was the agreement of a number of psychologists and psychometricians in the Philippines to immediately establish a neuropsychology special interest group within the Philippine Psychological Association following the conclusion of the program.

International Workshop in Neuropsychological Assessment and Rehabilitation
Amari Don Muang Airport Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand, 7th-11th — December 2020

This five-day Matthews Fund Workshop organised by Dr Parisuth Sumransub, in conjunction with the Thai Clinical Psychology Society, was initially planned for April 2020 but as a result of the Covid -19 pandemic was postponed to December 2020. The format changed from a fully in-person event to a hybrid with local delegates attending in person, but the international faculty recorded lectures and attended remotely each day for an hour of discussion after delegates had viewed the recorded lectures. 75 people attended the workshop, including clinical psychologists, general psychologists, neurologists, psychiatrists, lecturers, physiologists, university students and traditional Chinese physicians. The international faculty were Professor Barbara Wilson and Professor Jonathan Evans. The local faculty were Dr Sekh Thanprasertsuk, Dr Chaipat Chunharas, and Dr Parisuth Sumransub.

Mar del Plata, Argentina, 7th-11th — March 2019

This workshop on Neuropsychological Assessment was organised by Dr Leticia Vivas (National University of Mar del Plata). The international speaker was Dr Bernice A. Marcopulos (USA). Other speakers from Argentina included Dr Leticia Vivas, Dr Macarena MartC-nez CuitiC1o,Laura Manoiloff, and Dr Ana ComesaC1a. Activities included a workshop for 50 participants and a lecture on forensic neuropsychology attended by 130 participants. These took place at the National University of Mar del Plata. There was also a lecture on the Neuropsychology of neuropsychiatric disorders attended by 196 participants at the auditorium of the Catholic University of CC3rdoba (UCC).

Mar del Plata, Argentina, 7th-11th — March 2019

This workshop on Neuropsychological Assessment was organised by Dr Leticia Vivas (National University of Mar del Plata). The international speaker was Dr Bernice A. Marcopulos (USA). Other speakers from Argentina included Dr Leticia Vivas, Dr Macarena MartC-nez CuitiC1o,Laura Manoiloff, and Dr Ana ComesaC1a. Activities included a workshop for 50 participants and a lecture on forensic neuropsychology attended by 130 participants. These took place at the National University of Mar del Plata. There was also a lecture on the Neuropsychology of neuropsychiatric disorders attended by 196 participants at the auditorium of the Catholic University of CC3rdoba (UCC).

Institute of Psychology, Vilnius University, 11th-12th — October 2019

A workshop entitled, Implementation of Studies in (Clinical) Neuropsychology in Lithuania, organised by Prof Albinas Bogdanas from the Laboratory of Applied Psychology at the Institute of Psychology, Vilnius University took place on October 11-12, 2019. Around 50 people attended, including university teachers, students, psychologists working in different health institutions, neurologists and neurobiologists. Four international speakers (Erik Hessen, Katherine Carpenter, Linas Bieliauskas and Emilia Lojek) gave presentations on the structure of clinical neuropsychology training in Nordic countries, the UK, the USA and Poland. Nine Lithuanian speakers (Albinas Bogdanis; Ramune Dirvanskiene; Ausra Daugirdien?; Aiste Pranckeviciene; Osvaldas Ruksenas; AuE!ra Saudargiene; Rytis Stanik?nas; Vaiva Sutnikiene and Liuda Sinkariova) described the current situation on the development of neurosciences in Lithuania. Current challenges in relation to clinical work, education and training in neuropsychology in Lithuania were discussed. A key outcome from the workshop was that immediately after the end of Workshop a group of 13 psychologists and neurologists created the Group of Neuropsychology as a Division of the Lithuanian Psychological Association. In addition there are plans to establish further training in neuropsychology at Vilnius University.

Kolkata, India, 19th-25th — February 2017

This workshop on Neuropsychological Rehabilitation was organised by Dr Aparna Dutt, Dr Anirban Dutt and their colleagues from the Duttanagar Mental Health Centre. The workshop ran over a period of six days, with an additional pre-workshop study day on Single Case Experimental Design methodology. The international speakers at the workshop included Prof Barbara Wilson (UK), Prof Jonathan Evans (UK), Prof Robyn Tate (Australia), Dr Michael Perdices (Australia), Dr Mel Kaushansky (USA), Dr Anita Rose (UK), and Ms Donna Malley (UK).

Santiago, Chile, 5th-6th — December 2017

This workshop on Cross-Cultural Neuropsychological Test Development was organised by Dr Christian Salas (Universidad Diego Portales) and was held at Universidad Autonoma de Chile. It was attended by 120 participants. The international speakers were Prof Jonathan Evans (UK) and Dr Alberto Fernandez (Argentina). Dr Salas also organised the 1st Chilean Congress of Neuropsychological Rehabilitation, held on December 6th at Universidad Diego Portales to which Prof Evans and Dr Fernandez also contributed.

Research and Editing Consultant Program

The Research and Editing Consulting Program (RECP) is designed to provide research design and statistical advice to colleagues who are planning research projects or want to develop international collaborations. In addition, the Program offers English language editing to colleagues for whom English is not their first language who wish to publish their research in English language journals. Members of the neuropsychology professional community are eligible to become consultants. To request RECP services, at least one author must be a member of a neuropsychological society and/or the manuscript must be under consideration for a journal in the field of neuropsychology. Our current consultants include:

Carol Armstrong
Rishi Bhalla
Emily Briceno-Abreu
Amber Rochette
Dayana Calvo
Kimi Carson
Janessa Carvalho
Kimberly Chapman
Rachel Fazio
Rachel Galioto
Sarah Garcia
Lindsay Miller
Christopher Nguyen
Shelly Peery
Lauren Rog
Lisa Manderino
Anthony Risser
Victoria Sanborn
Ashley Smith Watts
Anita Sohn McCormick
Mike Sugarman
Beril Yaffe

If you would like to be put in touch with a consultant who can assist with research design, statistical advice or English language editing, or if you are willing to act as a consultant, please contact Dr. Mary Beth Spitznagel at mspitzna@kent.edu.

International Resources for Assessment and Remediation

In this space we share information and resources for the conduct of assessments and interventions for people with known or suspected cognitive impairments. If you have any materials that are (1) evidence based and (2) freely available that you would like to be considered for inclusion here, please email Skye McDonald, with the evidence source.

Neuropsychological adaptation of the International Test Commission (ITC) Guidelines For Translating and Adapting Tests:  Members of a workgroup of the INS Cultural SIG have developed a document that presents a neuropsychological 
application of the International Test Commission (ITC) guidelines for translating and adapting tests. This application of the ITC guidelines aims to provide guidance for neuropsychological test translation, adaptation, and validation of existing tests for use in linguistic and cultural contexts that are different to those for which tests were originally developed, for consideration in the development of new neuropsychological tests, and other means of assessment where applicable. This document is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the International Neuropsychological Society, the Global Engagement Committee or all Cultural neuropsychology Special Interest Group members. INS SIG Assessment Workgroup (2023) ITC Guidelines Neuropsychology Application.

The Addenbrookes Cognitive Examination- III (ACE III) is a freely available, cognitive screening tool for patients over the age of 50 who are suspected to suffer from dementia. It can be used by health practitioners and researchers and has been translated into a range of different languages. https://www.sydney.edu.au/brain-mind/resources-for-clinicians/dementia-test.html.

ASSBI RESOURCES is a publisher of evidence based assessment and remediation packages. Many of these can be purchased and downloaded from the website. ASSBI Resources is a not-for-profit arm of the Australasian Society for the Study of Brain Impairment. https://assbi.com.au/

The Compensatory Cognitive Training has been successful for people with psychiatric symptoms, brain injuries, and other brain-related conditions resulting in cognitive challenges. These manuals use compensatory cognitive training, rather than extensive drills and practice. In other words, they help teach people how to improve their cognitive skills by using strategies, have them practice their strategy use in the real world, and then troubleshoot any difficulties that come up. The goal is to help make these strategies become habits, so they can be used automatically when they are needed in the real world. You can Access the English versión here http://www.cogsmart.com/ and the Spanish versión here https://neurolab.deusto.es/563-2/

NeuroBITE is a database that catalogues over 5000 studies of cognitive, behavioural and other treatments for psychological issues arising after acquired brain impairment. It provides an exhaustive catalogue of all studies ever published in English. Studies are rated for their methodological quality and scientific rigour. The website is free and enables you to search for articles which might be relevant for your clinical practice or your research in a time-efficient way. https://neurorehab-evidence.com/web/cms/content/home

Neuropsychological Assessment and Rehabilitation – Learning Materials In this resource you will find 15 presentations on the topics of neuropsychological assessment and rehabilitation. They were originally delivered as part of an INS Matthews funded workshop in Thailand in December 2020. The speakers are Professor Barbara Wilson, PhD and Professor Jonathan Evans, PhD. https://the-ins.org/global-engagement/global-engagement-video-library-learning-resources/

Cross Cultural Cognitive Test Norms: An advanced collaboration from Africa Shuttleworth-Edwards and Truter, Inter-Ed Publishers

Global Neuropsychology Incorporated (GNI) https://gninc.org/#. GNI is a non-profit organization that provides norms for tests of memory, attention, other mental abilities and mood obtained in different languages from around the world, The tests and norms are a global public health tool for researchers and clinicians to assess the cognitive functioning of persons from childhood through late life.

International Training Models in Neuropsychology

In 2018 Erik Hessen and his colleagues published a study in The Clinical Neuropsychologist (TCN) that reviewed the main competencies likely to apply to clinical neuropsychology training regardless of regional and cultural context. With the kind permission of TCN this article is free to download from this link: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/13854046.2017.1413210

Book and Journal Depository

INS International Resources provides a book and journal depository, which supports the provision of donated neuropsychology and neuroscience books and journals. We accept copies of recent books and journals that are less than five years old. If you would like to donate books or journals please contact Dr William Seidel, Coordinator at wtswts5@yahoo.com. Institutions from low- and middle-income countries who would like to request a shipment of books and journals should also contact Dr Seidel.

Justice and Equity

Coming soon